They may have been galloping 2,344km away from each other in distance, including a short 432km paddle across the Bass Strait, but Aristocat up in Ipswich and Toricain down in Launceston combined to give Americain his first Aussie winning double.

3YO Aristocat was the first to salute over 1550 metres to break his maiden for local trainer and part-owner, Stuart Kendrick, whose enthusiasm and drive has seen him become one of the the leading trainers on the Sunshine Coast.

“I was really happy with his win today, as due to all the rain, the race distance was amended back to 1550 from 1700m. As the further the better for Aristocat, I thought it may be a bit short, but he did a great job to get through the wet track, and step up on the inside and win,” Kendrick said.

“There is no rush, and we have been patient. He is a very strong horse and quite neat, not too big and gangly. All his work shows that he just wants to stay, so the further he gets the better he will go.”

A Swettenham Stud favourite, Aristocat was the very first Americain foal born on the farm in his first crop, so it seems appropriate that he has now put another first to his sire’s name.

Americain’s winning son Aristocat as a yearling prior to the 2016 Inglis Classic Sale

Bred by K & L Investments, Aristocat was out of the staying New Zealand Tale of the Cat mare, Year of the Cat, a winner of two races over 2000 metres. Sold as a yearling for $40,000, he was then sold by Benalla’s Nolen Racing for $80,000 at the 2016 Inglis Ready2Run Sale.

Aristocat was a very athletic colt that grabbed the attention of his trainer straight away.

“He was a sensational colt. Physically, well balanced, a great mover with good reign and length. He is a lovely horse, and with his staying blood, it has been very exciting to see him get to the races, and he hasn’t disappointed,” Kendrick said.

“He breezed up in a blistering 10.74 seconds over 200 metres and his action was a replica of father, hopefully also inheriting his terrific turn of foot.”

Aristocat will now have an easy week, with possibly one more run this preparation to get him up to 1800 metres, before looking towards the later three-year-old races during the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

The second 3YO son of Americain to salute was Toricain who spaced the field in winning the second at Launceston under lights for Brighton trainer Royston Carr.

At only his second start, Carr was looking for a bit more ground for the leggy three-year-old chestnut gelding, after placing him in a 1400 metre race first up, where he ran home strongly.

“Tonight we stepped him up to the mile and popped the blinkers to keep him focused and on song as he likes to have a look around, and he duly did the job,” Carr said.

“He is a big, rangy horse and he gives me every indication that he will train on and be a very handy three-year-old later in the season. He has staying ability and longevity, and as the years go by he will get bigger, stronger and better.”

Toricain as a foal in Tasmania with dam Chikka

Royston Carr has been the long-term trainer for Toricain’s Tasmanian owner and breeder Libby Long. Almost a member of the family, Toricain has been with the Carrs since he was a foal. The Carrs have looked after all of his early education and breaking in.

“I have trained all of Libby’s horses over the last 15 years, including his half-sister to win a listed race down here in Tassie. Toricain was out of her foundation mare, Chikka by West Quest, and with Americain being such a beautiful animal, she was keen to send a mare over to him. Libby’s father had a few handy stayers in the early 60’s and she wanted to breed a stayer of her own,” Carr said.

“He is off for a bit of a break now, but not for long. I will bring him back into work and have a crack at the Hobart Guineas over a mile in December.”

With four winners in the last seven days, Americain has a very promising group of gallopers out there to do him proud. Being extremely popular with breeders, Americain is an outstanding looking individual with proven international bloodlines, by the Champion US Sire Dynaformer, a son of the great Roberto.

Americain was a brilliant stayer with an exceptional turn of foot. Apart from his tough win in the 2010 Melbourne Cup, he notably had four Group 2 wins, two in the Northern Hemisphere. A victor in the Group 3 Geelong Cup, he ran a gallant 2nd in the Group 1 BMW Stakes over 2400 meters.

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Victorian bred racehorses had a day out at Caulfield on Saturday taking home five of the ten winners trophies on offer.

This was followed on Sunday with Written Tycoon’s son Balf’s Choice taking out the Lsted Godolphin Seymour Cup and then the Makybe bred Mr stunning winning the Group 2 Premier Bowl at Sha Tin in Kong later in the day.

Ryan Balfour (right) & Balf’s Choice after winning the Godolphin Seymour Cup (David Thorpe-Racing Photos)

Ballarat trainer Darren Weir provided three of the Caulfield victories with the Epona Park bred  Snitzepeg scoring in the Listed Gothic Stakes, Ross Holburt’s homebred Cliff’s Edge (Canford Cliffs) in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic and Limerick Lane homebred Kiwia (Reset) in the Group 3 Coongy Cup

The Waterhouse/Bott trained, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred Global Glamour saluted in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes while the Saconi Thoroughbreds homebred Fuhryk took out the last race, the Listed Alinghi Stakes.

Ross Holburt, along with brother and fellow photographer, Brett, bred Cliff’s Edge from their Snaadee mare, Simulation, and – wisely – decided to keep a share in the colt after being purchased by John Foote for $60,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“It was a huge thrill … wins like that don’t come along every day,” Holburt points out.

“Brett and I only ever breed from a couple of mares and that’s down to one, as we lost Simulation last November to a colic attack.”

Cliff’s Edge is by the former Blue Gum Farm based stallion, Canford Cliffs, who stood for five seasons in Australia before remaining in Ireland after the 2016 season. It was his first stakes win in Australia.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s dual Group 1 winning mare, Global Glamour made a winning seasonal return when she saluted in the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes over 1400 metres.

Co-trainer Waterhouse was pleased to see that Global Glamour has made the weight-for-age improvement, and is now set for the Group 1 Myer Classic at Flemington on 4 November.

“We brought her down to Melbourne to win the Myer Classic and she’s certainly on target.”

Ultra-consistent Balf’s Choice, a five-year-old gelding, claimed a sixth win this preparation and added to his triumph in last month’s Listed Balaklava Cup earlier this preparation.

“It’s a big thrill, it’s as big a winner as I’ve had in my career so far and he’s a really special horse for the stable,” trainer Ryan Balfour said.

Balfour will now eye a metropolitan feature during the tail-end of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington or Sandown for Balf’s Choice.

It was a dream come true for well-known pedigree enthusiast, form writer and thoroughbred author Kristen Manning when her homebred Quilate (Bramshaw) finished powerfully to claim Wednesday’s Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase at Caulfield.

The Mick Kent trained Quilate was the outsider of the Ladies Day Vase field, but there was an air of confidence from those close to her, with her work on Saturday morning described by track-rider Ethan Brown as “perfect.”

“I thought she put them away well today. She put her ears back and really fought out the race,” jockey Beau Mertens said.

“She’s a homebred for Kristen Manning, she is a lovely owner, really takes pride in her horses, so I was happy she stuck with me today. She’s a very passionate horse person, and it’s a great thrill to ride a Group 3 home-bred winner for her.”

It was Quilate’s fifth success from 18 starts with her prize money tally now a healthy $211,315.

“We have always thought that she had this ability. It is a great result for them, for a home-bred,” trainer Kent said, “they will be excited for a while.”

Excited indeed, with her owners, led by breeder Kristen Manning emotional, to say the least!

It has always been Manning’s dream to breed a stakes winner and she was happy to share the thrill with partner Vin Lowe and their five-year-old son Ashley who later declared that “this is the best day ever” as he proudly carted the trophy around the course.

Vin purchased Quilate’s dam Miss Peligrosa with the last $2000 left from his redundancy package after 35 years at Moonee Valley, which has proven to be a very clever investment.

“We could see the value in her as a dam through her Eight Carat connection, and were surprised we could afford her. I was very happy (when we got her). Breeding to race gives you an advantage for sure,” Manning said.

Kristen though knows how tough it can be when you tally up all of the time and money put into getting a horse such as Quilate to the track,.

“One of the main things is how long it takes to educate yourself. You don’t get these results with your first mare, you have to learn, and you make so many mistakes along the way, it takes you a while to figure it out,” said Manning.

Quilate will now head to Flemington on Cup day for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate over 1400 metres for fillies and mares.

“I have never won a race at Flemington, but I did think that if I won a race there it would be an extra special one and it doesn’t get more special than during the spring week, on Cup day and with Quilate.”

Quilate comes from the fourth crop of 31 live foals sired by the impeccably bred Encosta de Lago sire Bramshaw who previously stood at Larnuek Stud (and is now in Tasmania).

He is a member of the prolific Eight Carat (GB) family and is a half-brother to outstanding racehorses and stallions Danewin and Commands.

Eight Carat features again on the dam-side of Quilate as she is out of the unraced Miss Peligrosa whose sire Dangerous (Danehill) is a half-brother to triple Group 1 winner Viscount and a brother to Listed winner Helsinborg out of the stakes-winning Sir Tristram mare Antwerp a granddaughter of Eight Carat.

The Eight Carat influence is also seen in Miss Peligrosa’s dam, the Generous mare Jersey Cream whose granddam Wycombe is a half-sister to Bramshaw, Commands and Danewin.

Miss Peligrosa was one of only three mares to visit AJC Australian Derby hero Don Eduardo (NZ), a grandson of Eight Carat (GB) in 2016 and she delivered a filly on August 25, but her mating plans for this year are still to be confirmed.

Quilate becomes the first stakes winner for Bramshaw and the third winner in eight days, with Stormy Shore winning at Moe and Royal Lady in Penang.

And the ever astute Mick Kent on training a galloper of unraced parents…“It’s all in the pedigree, so it doesn’t matter.”

And it certainly isn’t stopping Quilate….

A pair of class Victorian bred racehorses were the first two home in the Group 2 Premier Bowl over 1200 metres at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.

The Makybe bred, John Size trained Mr Stunning beat home the Gilgai Farm bred Lucky Bubbles.

Aboard Mr Stunning for the first time on race day, Nash Rawiller was confident going into the race but was mindful of lugging the top weight.

“He put me in a beautiful spot and travelled sweetly … it was an amazing turn of foot and he’s an exceptional horse,” Rawiller said.

Mr Stunning, courtesy of a first up sixth in a Group 3 race over 1000 metres on 1 October, along with an impressive trial nine days previously, had match fitness over Lucky Bubbles, who was having his first run since taking home the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize in May (a race in which Mr Stunning finished second).

Size was similarly impressed with the Mr Stunning’s win, suggesting “it looked like the best performance” of a career which now reads eight wins and three placings from 14 outings for HK$14,198,600 (approx. A$2.3 million).

The Longines World Rankings committee identified the Makybe bred Mr Stunning’s potential early in the piece, elevating the son of Exceed And Excel to top 10 status after his blistering Group 2 Sprint Cup victory in April.

While Group 1 success has eluded the 5YO thus far, he might not have to wait much longer. Both Mr Stunning and Lucky Bubbles are likely to be among the favourites in the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint over 1200 metres on 10 December.

Mr Stunning was bred in Victoria by Mr Makybe Diva himself, Tony Santic, and is out of the well related Dayjur mare, With Fervour, a daughter of Group One Hollywood Oaks winner, Fran’s Valentine, and a half sister to 5-time Group One winner, With Anticipation.

Makybe bred Mr Stunning as a foal at Yallambee Stud

Although Mr Stunning was subsequently pinhooked as a yearling, Santic’s Makybe Diva Racing & Breeding originally sold the Hong Kong flyer for $110,000 at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale where he was knocked down to Lyndhurst Farm.

By that time, Makybe had sold Mr Stunning’s dam, With Fervour, to Lisa Oldcastle for $6,000 at the 2013 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, but unfortunately the mare died the following year, leaving just one more foal: the unraced 3YO Mossman filly, With Faith.

With four wins from his past five starts, the 5YO Danerich gelding Rich Charm earned a well-deserved maiden stakes victory in Wednesday’s Listed Italktravel Stakes (1200 metres) at Caulfield.

Ridden by Patrick Moloney, Rich Charm ran down Erinvale Thoroughbreds graduate Keen Array (Bel Esprit) to win by a short-head.

Trained and part-bred by Udyta Clarke, Rich Charm advanced his record to 7 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds from 16 starts with earnings of $510,900.

He was previously seen winning the lucrative $280,000 VOBIS Gold Sprint at Caulfield in April.

“It’s a massive thrill for the stable,” jockey Moloney said.

“Full credit to Mrs Clarke, she’s an extremely underrated trainer. She does a terrific job placing this horse.”

Part-owned and bred by his trainer, Rich Charm is the fourth foal of the winning Kingston Mill mare Charmly who was twice placed in Melbourne.

Not served in 2015, Charmly has a 2YO filly by Moshe and was covered by Nostradamus last spring.


Rich Charm becomes the eighth stakes winner for Rangal Park Stud Danerich (Danehill) who stands his 11th season at a fee of $6,600.

Fuhryk was back to her best form when winning the Listed Alinghi Stakes over 1100 metres at Caulfield for breeders Michael Christen and Siobhan Miller of Saconi Thoroughbreds.

“That was fantastic for her to bounce back because we’ve always thought she was Group One quality, she is a great little mare,” co-trainer Ben Hayes enthused.

Michael Christian, a premiership player with Collingwood and well-known media personality, together with wife, Siobhan Miller, are owners of thoroughbred multimedia company, Sirecam Australia, and have had great success breeding racehorses.

But it was Miller who knew after visiting Fuhryk at the stalls, that her talented mare was back to her old self.

“Her first campaign was amazing, and David always thought getting her up to 1400 metres was where she would be best, but this campaign she was a bit unlucky in the Cockram Stakes first up and last start she had a genuine excuse, as she had gone down on her bumpers,” Miller said,

“They have fixed that problem now, and seeing her so smoochy, and happy before the race at the stalls, and the way she went out, up on her toes and she just looked great.

“She will step up to 1400 now on possibly Cup Day, or maybe a 1200 on Derby Day which would be a thrill.”

Along with Fuhryk, Sarconi Thoroughbreds has bred the Group 2 winner and Group 1 Blue Diamond runner-up Hallowell Belle, Group 3 winner Fuddle Dee Duddle, 5-time stakes winner Eloping, Group 2 Schillaci Stakes winner Unpretentious, dual stakes winning 2YO Of The Brave and Group 2 runner up Jesse’s Girl.

It is an impressive list, especially from conservative breeding numbers with around 7 to 8 mares annually being bred from their Whittlesea property not far from the northern reaches of Melbourne.

There are also a few Saconi bred hopefuls coming through that will run during the next few weeks.

“Bella Sorellastra, who ran second in the Edward Manifold last year has come back into work and has accepted for Geelong, but with a wide barrier we may look elsewhere,” said Miller.

“We have a half sister to Eloping and Of The Brave, called Crimson and Clover that is with Danny O’Brien. Although still green, as a three-year-old filly we are hoping she will develop and evolve.

“There is also a nice I Am Invincible two-year-old filly out of Oasis Bloom, that Shane Nichols bought from the sales. She is yet to be named, and we have retained a share in so hopefully come Aatumn she will be out and running.” Christian said.

Christian and Miller sent Fuhryk’s dam, Fuhrnatic (Langfuhr) to Star Witness back in 2012 and put the resultant filly through the Rosemont Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

“When David Hayes bought her for $60,000, I asked him if I could keep a share, and I got a few of my mates into the horse as well,” Miller said.

Prominent Victorian breeder Robert Crabtree, now owns Fuhrnatic, after purchasing the mare at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in foal to All Too Hard.

The resultant filly made $500,000 the at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, sold through Supreme Thoroughbreds to Hong Kong’s Little Kwok Hing Hung / Bahen Bloodstock.

Mayberry Racing’s Gayle and Kim have lived and breathed horses their entire life, and now they are looking forward an exciting future thanks to some very promising homebreds from Swettenham’s two imported stallions, Americain and Puissance De Lune.

A traditional a middle distance and staying stable, the husband and wife breeding and training operation are based in the Pakenham Upper hills on 37-acres of undulating, lush pastures.

Kim and Gayle have been training in partnership for around four years, with Kim training solo for 30 years previously, along with being a master farrier and committeeman for the Australian Trainers Association.

Gayle’s equine background includes being a talented event rider and professional equestrian instructor. She has brought her extensive experience to the union, and although her riding has now taken a back seat, Gayle is enjoying juggling training with looking after the broodmares and educating the babies.

“Horses have always been big part of our family.  My daughter, Stephanie was a talented picnic jockey, successfully riding our stable star, King Can Sing for ten wins while she was at university, studying to become a paramedic.”

The training team had great success in 2015, winning the Cranbourne Small Trainers Award and shortly after they retired their multiple winning staying mare Vin De Vie (Viscount).

“Swettenham Stud had approached us, and we were thrilled to send her to Americain. She has produced a lovely colt and a filly, and she will be on her way back to Americain this year as well.”

“We have really stuck with Americain and Puissance de Lune and thanks to Swettenham we have some exciting horses for the future. If these horses run as well as they look, we have winners,” Mayberry said.

“I want to congratulate Adam Sangster and the entire team for using their initiative to stand staying stallions. As the horses currently winning the Cups are all imports, its tough, as small trainers can’t afford an imported galloper, and the big owners are not going to offer us their import to train. Therefore, thanks to Swettenham, they give us the opportunity to have a crack by breeding one ourselves.”

The Mayberry’s Golden Snake mare, Lyn’s Gold has had two Puissance de Lune colts and will head back to him this season.

“Her previous foals by other stallions were nice, but Puissance De Lune has definitely upgraded her, he has given them ‘legs’.”

“The Lyn’s Gold colt received big wraps by some very good judges, with brander, Tony Carter-Smith commenting that he has not seen a nicer type of foal. Even equine veterinarian, Dr Hugh Cathels, a regular around well-bred horses, was impressed by how nice a foal he was, if not, one of the nicest foals, he had seen.”

Along with the Americain colt being born out of their race mare Vin De Vie, Mayberry Racing was lucky to have two promising colts on the ground last year.

“The Americain was such a precocious colt and they have both grown into cracking yearlings. Except for a bit of a winter coat, they could go straight into a yearling sale. They have prepped themselves by being typical boys, racing each other and playing on the hills. They keep each other on their toes, and they keep us on our toes too — and with spring here, they are feeing great.”

This year Mayberry Racing has added another mare to their broodmare band, the General Nediym mare, Empowering from Lauriston Farm.

“We purchased her Americain weanling from the sales a couple of years ago from James O’Brien, and as he knew we had a very high opinion of the colt, he let us know that she was for sale. She will be heading off to Americain this week.”

Empowering has also produced an outstanding Toronado colt that was sold by Lauriston Farm as a weanling at this year’s Magic Millions. O’Brien was impressed throughout his preparation, stating that he was a strong, correct colt that would no doubt develop into a lovely horse.

Additionally an Iffraaj mare, Ms Raaj that the Mayberry’s are breeding in partnership with friends, visited Puissance De Lune last week.

“We breed to race ourselves, and by training out of the paddocks, we keep the environment as natural as possible. I believe our hills are a really important part of producing well-developed, muscled strong foals and racehorses and our training track on site, known as the famous “Mayberry Hill” is fabulous for conditioning and fitness work.”

“We are very lucky, as we have great owners involved in our horses, both first time-share holders, along with old friends. We make a percentage of our foals available to outside owners, so that they can get involved in the ownership experience from the very beginning.

“They can follow their education, see them being weaned and being broken in. We even went as a group to visit Swettenham Stud’s open day so they could see the stallions, and they are always welcome to visit the stable, the property and come to trackwork.”

“We believe it is important that we nominate all our youngsters in VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, and the stallions are VOBIS Sires. It’s a great opportunity to get amazing prize money, and being able to earn $35,000 for a maiden is brilliant for the small trainers.”

Mayberry Racing happily houses equines at all lifespan stages, including foals and retired racehorses, broodmares and jumpers.

“Our equine gang is looked after at every phase of their life, to say thank you for the great ride they gave us on the track.”

For more information on Mayberry Racing, follow Mayberry Racing on Facebook and stay posted on their open day in February, where they will be parading their broodmares, foals, yearlings and young stock available.

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne has delivered the first ever winner for Lucas Cranach (Mamool) with three-year-old Jukila saluting at Stawell.

Lightly raced Lucas Cranach was a German import trained by Lee Freedman running a slashing fifth in the 2011 Caulfield Cup, a third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and scoring in the 2012 Group 2 Peter Young Stakes against a high-class field.

Ballarat based Payne trains and rode Jukila to the win for owners Ern and Ronda Clarke (who also own Spring Carnival import Kaspersky). It was also the Clarkes’ first ever winner as owners according to Payne.

The winning peroformance stood out as showing signs of a good stayer with Jukila having been headed at the top of the straight before using his superior endurance to come back and run away with the win.

Following the race, trainer and jockey Payne (half) joked that “he’s my Derby-Melbourne Cup horse!”

Interestingly, Payne said back in May when Jukila debuted at Pakenham that he was a “lovely horse. Will make a nice stayer!” so today’s win was likely no surprise for her.

Lucas Cranach & trainer Lee Freedman (AAP Image-David Crosling)

Bullarook Park Stud manager Malcolm Boyd, who stands Lucas Cranach at his Avenel property, was absolutely stoked with the first ever winner for his first class staying sire.

“It was a real thrill to see the win. It had to happen as Lucas just produces a stunning type of horse,” Boyd said.

“The babies are good, the yearlings are strong…they are level-headed horses with a really consistent type.

“The foals on the ground right now are some of the best I have seen while Lucas will serve a crop of 30 or 40 mares this season.”

Jukila is out of the Woodman mare Armure Royale (USA) who in turn is out of Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe winning and Champion USA mare All Along (FR).

Armure Royal was bought out of the Inglis Broodmare Sale in Sydney in 2013, put in foal to Lucas Cranach and sent to New Zealand.

Jukila as a foal with his dam Armure Royale at Windsor Park Stud

He was then sold at the NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2016 for $36,000 to trainer Kevin Myers before being shipped back to Australia to join the Michelle Payne stable.

The stallion served over 250 mares in his first three seasons at stud and Boyd now expects his progeny to become more regularly seen at racetracks as they mature and find more suitable races over distance.

Lucas Cranach stands at $5500 (GST incl) – for more information contact Malcolm Boyd on 0407 342 291

Just a few weeks into his life at Eliza Park Northwood in the spring of 2012, a Snitzel colt lost his dam, Millrich.

That colt, was Redzel and five years on, after a rough beginning, nothing was going to stop this orphan foal claiming victory on Saturday in the $10 million Everest, the world’s richest race on turf.

Bred by Lee Fleming Thoroughbreds, Redzel was Millrich’s final foal and was sold as a weanling through the 2013 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale at Newmarket for $45,000. Buyers Marquee Stud before then sold him to Triple Crown Syndications at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $120,000.

Former Eliza Park Stud Manager Kim Alderton, who now runs new operation, Shadow Hill Thoroughbreds at Avenel, remembers Millrich and the “robust” Redzel fondly.

“She was a super mare, and I was fortunate to have the pleasure to care for her and her offspring over my eighteen years at Eliza Park. Days like yesterday make all the hard work worthwhile,” Alderton said.

“He was foaled by Christie Murphy, (now) our foaling manager here at Shadow Hill, so we were both closely connected and just thrilled to see him win.

Redzel as a foal with his dam Millrich at Eliza Park

“He was such a burly foal. Some orphans are shy to go for a drink and difficult to foster, but he was just so pushy, and straight in there for some milk. He muscled his way onto his foster mare, Regal Arena, who could be difficult, but he didn’t give her a choice.”

“He was always a good size foal, despite a tough start, and the way he was with the mare, meant he was a forward foal.”

And that attitude has certainly carried him in good stead into his incredible racing career.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel scored his fifth win in succession, and his 10th from 20 starts. His earnings now exceed $7 million.

Trainer Peter Snowden indicated he is favouring keeping Redzel fresh for the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 11.

Note: A close and active Victorian breeding connection of Redzel is Rangal Park’s stallion Danerich. The multiple black-type producing sire is a half-brother to the Everest victor.

Thoroughbred breeding plays a vital role in the rural economy and Australian society: that was the message echoed by Federal Government ministers and senior politicians at an event in Canberra last night.

Defence Minister Marise Payne and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten traded stories of their interest in breeding and racing, while training identities James Cummings and Peter Moody spoke of how the broad Thoroughbred industry had shaped their life.

“We held our first Thoroughbred Breeders Australia event in Canberra last year and got a great turnout, but tonight surpassed our expectations,” said Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) chief executive, Tom Reilly.

“We had our pitch prepared to sell our industry: jobs in the regions, investment from overseas, export opportunities, but, by the time we got up to speak, leading politicians from all sides had made the point for us. It was very gratifying that so many politicians were so well informed that they advocated so strongly on our behalf.”

Defence Minister Payne, who herself has an avid interest in racing and breeding, said the TBA forum was “a really important event on the parliamentary calendar” and politicians thanked breeders for their event.

“Thank you for what you contribute to the economy in Australia. Thank you for what you contribute, because your industry is a vital one to Australia,” Minister Payne said.

Breeders representing every state in Australia were in attendance including Tom Magnier of Coolmore Stud, Antony Thompson of Widden Stud, Ron Gilbert of Highgrove Stud, Chris Watson of Mill Park, as well as Mark Webster of Inglis and Vin Cox and Barry Bowditch of Magic Millions.

Widden’s Antony Thompson, VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott & Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack at TBA Parliament event 2017

Significant foreign investors Zhang Yuesheng of YuLong Park, China, and the head of Aquis Farm, Justin Fung, were also part of the breeding delegation.

Bill Shorten told how he had worked on behalf of jockeys as a union rep, and that he now lived within walking distance of both Moonee Valley and Flemington racecourses.

“Racing has events that create great interest and put us on the map, especially in Melbourne during spring. But without breeding, without the hard work that goes on at farms across Australia we don’t have those races which are such a part of Australian society,” said Mr Shorten.

“Rest assured, we (Labor) are very interested in the industry. We are very interested in what we can do for you,” he added.

Politicians who attended the event included Trade Minister Steve Ciobo, Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan, Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastucture Anthony Albanese and Small Business Minister Michael McCormack among others.

Government Chief Whip Nola Marino, a co-convener of the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers, which hosted the event with TBA, also breeds and races horses in her electorate of Forrest, south of Perth.

“What an extraordinary job the breeding industry does in rural and regional Australia. It underpins, like so many agricultural industries do, so much of our regional economies,” Mrs Marino said.

Hunter MP Joel Fitzgibbon, Shadow Agriculture Minister and also a co-convener of the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers, emphasised the importance of the industry to local towns and regions.

“This event is a great opportunity to give parliamentarians a fuller appreciation of the breeding industry. The sector is a very, very important part of the agricultural industry,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.TBA representatives have spent several days in Canberra this week meeting one-on-one with Ministers, Opposition representatives, key advisers and senior bureaucrats briefing them on key issues in the industry.

Guest speakers Peter Moody and James Cummings spoke passionately about breeding.

“Whenever you’re in at the ground level of something it’s satisfying and that’s what breeding involves,” said former trainer and leading breeder Peter Moody.

“Being a breeder is a bit like being a parent, it involves a lot and your not always pleased with how it turns out!”

Cummings, who is head trainer for Godolphin in Australia, added: “My grandfather Bart said that all breeders thought they had a champion until a trainer got involved! Luckily he was able to breed a horse called Saintly, which he also trained, to win a Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

“I always admire the commitment breeders make to this industry and all the work that goes into making the champions of the future. Nobody knows whether a horse is a future champion as a foal, but breeders commit to giving all horses the best start in life from an early age.”

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) is the national peak body established for the benefit of the Australian thoroughbred breeding industry, which is the second largest in the world.

TBA has a membership base of 4,200 individual breeders and other industry participants, and is also the parent company of the six state breeders’ associations.

These members make up more than 60 per cent of individual breeders, who are responsible for about 90 per cent of thoroughbred production in Australia.

Gallant is certainly the right word for the tough win of the Written Tycoon sired mare Super Cash in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

With Illustrious Lad hitting the front and looking like the winner at the 150-metre mark, Trainer Andrew Noblet’s Super Cash was able to wear down her rivals in the shadows of the post to claim another first-up victory.

Jockey Katelyn Mallyon was delighted to claim another Group 2 win aboard this mare for some of her biggest supporters.

“She is a ripping horse, especially first-up and (trainer) Nobby placed her terrifically. It is great to get a win over the Spring Carnival with her. She does everything that I ask and hopefully she achieves a deserved Group 1, because she is good enough,” Mallyon said.

Mallyon’s sentiments were echoed by Woodside Park Stud’s Matt Tillett.

“She is just so good first up, winning four from five fresh. I spoke to Nobby a few weeks ago and asked why nobody had called to get this mare into the Everest, as she flies first up, and she has beaten Chautauqua comfortably before,” Tillett said.

The Moir Stakes was the original first-up target for Super Cash, but she failed to get a start, so Noblet was forced to change his path with the talented mare.

“You can’t believe that a mare of that quality couldn’t get into the Moir, it was quite amazing, she was the third emergency as a multiple group winner, who has hardly ever put in a bad run in her life,” Tillett said.

She now holds nominations for the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley on October 27, which suits her as a front-runner, as well as Group options on Derby Day and the Group 1 Darley Classic on Stakes Day.

Super Cash was bred and raced by long-term Woodside Park Stud client Steve Millar and Peter Robinson, from their brilliant broodmare Super Bucks.

“The Group 1 Darley won’t be easy, but on a good day she can beat anyone, and she deserves her shot at the big one.” Millar said.

Being the only original owner left in Written Tycoon, with one exceptionally good share, Millar has sent Super Bucks back to the Champion stallion this year and is in foal with a full relation to Super Cash on the way.

“Super Bucks was a good winning race mare, but she has been a sensational broodmare. She has now produced three winners including Super Tycoon (Written Tycoon) who won four Sydney races in a row at Randwick and Rosehill,” Millar said.

“Her third foal, Fast Tycoon (Written Tycoon), has had a win for Hayes, and a full sister was foaled last year.”

Standing at Woodside Park in Victoria, Written Tycoon has now produced 21 stakes winners and stands this season at a fee of $88,000 inc. GST.

The graduates of Corinella’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm have been regular visitors to the winner’s stalls of late with some very talented youngsters among the victors.

Leading the charge on Saturday was the Gerald Ryan trained two-year-old Legend of Condor, a very talented two-year-old who scored on debut in the Victory Vein Plate over 1000 metres in Sydney.

Sold for $520,000 as a yearling at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale through the Lauriston draft, Legend Of Condor was bought by Sun Bloodstock.

Lauriston’s James O’Brien, pointed out that the young colt is by Not A Single Doubt and is out of the Success Express mare, Rhodamine, which means he carries the same cross as Sun Stud’s Victorian Champion First Season Sire, Squamosa.

“We still have Rhodamine in our broodmare band, and I adore the Success Express mares. Legend Of Condor is not overly tall, but he is a neat, very powerful and an exceptionally strong colt,” O’Brien said.

“He was a real professional throughout his yearling preparation and incredibly popular at the sales with the buying bench. He handled the busy complex with ease; he was such a cool dude.”

The purchaser, David O’Callaghan acting on behalf of Sun Stud, is well known as an astute judge, and was keeping a keen eye on him during the inspections.

“(O’Callagahan) couldn’t help but be impressed by the colt’s attitude and demeanour. To get the price tag he did showed how many other good judges were also interested in the ring. I was over the moon with the price we achieved,” O’Brien said.

So it came as no surprise to O’Brien to hear trainer Gerald Ryan comment on how well Legend Of Condor has handled his whole racing career to date and how professional he was during his breaking in and early days at the stables.

After winning his trial in impressive time, Legend Of Condor clocked a great time at Randwick and beat the other 1000 metre race on the day.

With an extraordinary, unflappable personality, bigger and better things are ahead of him with Ryan believing that he is a horse that can make the 2018 Golden Slipper.

There have been some other impressive Lauriston bred 3YO winners in Victoria and elsewhere in the past fortnight.

The Toby Edmonds trained Eptimum (Snitzel), was brought down as a travelling companion and trackwork-mate for the super filly Houtzen. And in his time down in Victoria, he has now raced twice for two super impressive victories at Ballarat and Bendigo.

“With a three-year-old stakes option on Cox Plate day, it would be brilliant for his dam, Paramount if he gets a run, who is a full to Stradbroke winner, La Montagna,” said O’Brien

Meanwhile the Spcier Thoroughbreds owned grey 3YO Platinum Angel, an $180,000 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling purchase, is also in for a bright future, after impressively broke her maiden recently at Mornington, for Darren Weir.

Platinum Angel & Damien Oliver after winning at Mornington (Leonie Grbic-Racing Photos)

And not to be forgotten, the three–year-old Iron Lotus won first up at Alice Springs, after being touted as one of the best two-year-olds in NT last season after winning the feature Inglis Red Centre 2YO Classic.

“Over the last decade, I have only taken nine yearlings to the Magic Millions. The year before last we took five, who include the Listed placed Kardashing, Platinum Angel, Eptimum and Undoubtable Miss who won the Adelaide Magic Millions race, with the fifth unraced and now trialing well in Hong Kong,” O’Brien said.

“From the previous draft of four yearlings, we had dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour and Seductress, a two year old city winner at Caulfield.  It’s been a great as everything we took to sell has been winning for their new owners.”

Strong domestic and international competition helped the average price rise by over 20 per cent as the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale with strong results at the top end of the board for Victorian studs, breeders and vendors.

Progeny of Woodside Park’s Champion Stallion Written Tycoon were again in hot demand with the impressive colt from Crimson Tide selling to Victoria’s Ultra Thoroughbreds.

Some of the top priced lots with a Victorian breeding industry connection

Toby Koenig put his hand up for the Written Tycoon colt on behalf of Ultra Thoroughbreds and TK Racing for $300,000.

“That’s the advantage of coming to a breeze up style auction – you get to see a horse’s action and take a really close look at them, we don’t focus too much on time – we mark them on their action, and we loved the way this guy moved,” Koenig said.

“He’ll go down to Victoria to Sean Buckley’s farm – we’ll give him to our pre-trainer down there and then we’ll figure out where he’s going. It’s great that he is VOBIS.”

Woodside’s Matt Tillett was pleased to see the colt’s vendor Neville Auld, a loyal client of the farm, achieve such a good result at the sale.

“He was bred and sold as a weanling by David Toole at Kambula Stud, and sold to Paul Thompson, who runs Baramul Stud, at the National Weanling Sale for $30,000. Paul prepped him for Baramul’s draft at Magic Millions Adelaide, where he made a tidy profit, selling for $100,000 to Neville Auld,” Tillett said.

The Crimson Tide colt is a half-brother to the classy eight-time winner Alabama Missile, from the family of Canadian Horse of the Year and successful sire, Afleet.

“He (Neville) went out and got as many Written Tycoons as possible, and $100 into $300 is a very good return,” Tillett said.

“We were also very happy with the two Zoustar youngsters, the colt out of Faster Pussycat heading to Lee Freedman in Singapore for $175,000 and the Nero Cavallo colt bought by Krit Chittaseni from Thailand.”

“Apparently the Freedmans have a Zoustar two-year-old out of Lady La Douse that they really like, that we bred and sold to them at the Magic Millions, and hopefully that is the reason why Lee was inspired to come back for another,” Tillett said.

Rosemont Stud also had a very good sale with eight youngsters sold for an average of $94,500 with two lots in the top 12 purchases.

Lot 52, a Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) x Class Apart colt, sold for $280,000 to Hong Kong’s Sweetbriar Equine. An exciting young prospect by Smart Missile, he was a clever pinhook having been bought for $65,000 from the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Rosemont also sold Lot 26, a big, strong Starcraft x Attilia colt, for $150,000 to Hong Kong’s Apollo Ng. It was no surprise a Hong Kong trainer came for a son of Rosemont’s own sire Starcraft considering their success last season at Sha Tin and Happy Valley.

Seymour’s David Bourne Racing sold Lot 200, an Equiano colt, for $110,000 to Singapore-based trainer Theo Kieser.

Bred by Victoria’s Erinvale Thoroughbreds, he is a half-brother to Listed winner Pantenny (Canny Lad), herself the dam of Group Three winner Thames Court (Commands). The Equiano colt was bought for $33,000 at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Kornong Station’s Andrew Calvert is born and bred on the farm.

Responsible for running the family farm in Victoria’s Western District township Streatham, west of Ballarat, the 4,000-acre lot is brimming with sheep and grain.

However, with around a dozen thoroughbred mares, he is also pretty good at breeding and selling an outstanding racehorse.

Keeping the breeding operation tight, Calvert began breeding when he gathered a group of ‘pretty average nags’ plucked from a Sydney broodmare sale, who managed to produce numerous black-type winners.

The most successful and well known is the former Hong Kong Horse of the Year and seven-time Group 1 winner, Sacred Kingdom (a graduate of the Inglis Premier Sale).

“The big fella, Sacred Kingdom is here at the farm, happily retired, and he runs with his mum, Courtroom Sweetie in the paddocks, who is about 26 now.”

“His owner Sin Kang Yuk, still comes out at least once a year to see him when he visits his family in Sydney. His trainer, Ricky Yiu, helped organise him come to Australia. He was at Living Legends for the first couple of years, but now he is happy to just hang out here,” Calvert said.

For three years in a row between 2007 and 2009, Sacred Kingdom reigned as the world’s premier sprinter and was named world champion sprinter in the global rankings. He was also named Hong Kong Horse Of The Year for 2009-2010 and won three international Group 1 races including dual successes in the Hong Kong Sprint.

Typical to life on the land, Calvert works long days and remains as grounded as ever despite his racetrack success.

“It’s hard enough to breed a half-decent horse, let alone another one like Sacred Kingdom, we’ve just been fortunate to have had a bit of luck on our side in our time,” Calvert said.

Calvert also produces a few quality yearlings for the sale ring each year and with the recent visit of Inglis to the farm, doing the pre-sale inspections, there are always a couple that catch the interest of their bloodstock agents.

Some graduates of Kornong Stud Farm since Sacred Kingdom passed through Inglis’ Melbourne sale yards in 2005 for just $200,000, are the Singaporean Group 3 winner Holy Empire, 2014 Blue Diamond Stakes-placegetter Jabali and promising Mick Price-trained stayer War Point in recent years.

This year he has four or five hopefuls headed to Premier in March with a couple of nice fillies by Darley Northwood’s Brazen Beau, including a half to Jabali, a nice Dissident colt and a lovey grey Zoustar filly, who is a half to the Gerald Ryan trained 3-year-old, Albumin.

Importantly, all of Calvert’s yearlings are nominated for Super VOBIS, making them eligible to race for almost $20 million worth of bonuses across the state when they make their way to the track.

“We always nominate our horses to the VOBIS scheme, it absolutely helps in the ring, as trainers like buying horses with Super VOBIS,” Calvert said.

In a huge coup for Chatswood Stud, their new Group 1 winning and producing sire, All American, will cover Naturalist – the dam of boom horse Royal Symphony.

Greg Willis from Chatswood Stud said Joe Vella of Wingrove Park, the breeder of the group winning colt, has been a loyal client since breeding to Geiger Counter in the 1990’s.

“Naturalist will be no stranger to Chatswood Stud, having visited several of our stallions in the past,” Willis said.

“For Joe, the choice of All American for his beloved Naturalist was a simple one.

“Despite big offers from big studs, Joe decided to replicate what has worked previously.Royal Symphony is by Domesday (Red Ransom).

New Chatswood Stud stallion All American

“All American is also by Red Ransom so the resultant foal will be a three-quarter relation to Royal Symphony.”

Royal Symphony ran a luckless fourth in Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. Trainer Tony McEvoy has now indicated he will give the colt at chance in the W.S. Cox Plate against the mighty Winx.

Two Victorian bred three-year-olds opened their account at Vaal in South Africa last Thursday with Yakeen and Huyssteen saluting.

Trained by Mike de Kock for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, three-year-old Teofilo (IRE) colt Yakeen scored a stylish length and a half win on debut beating older horses over 1400 metres.

A $160,000 Inglis Premier purchase from Seymour’s Yarran Thoroughbreds draft for Form Bloodstock, Yakeen is the second winner from Reine, an unraced half-sister by Royal Academy (USA) to Group I winner and sire Nadeem from dual Group I winner Candide.

Foaled at Euroa’s Larneuk Stud, Neville Murdoch was not surprised that Yakeen had gone on to race well internationally.

“He was a cracking foal, but what stood out was his lovely walk. Ripping foal, seriously nice,” Murdoch said.

“We didn’t get to see him do anything here as he went straight to South Africa, so it is good to hear that he is having success.”

The next race, another 1400 metre maiden, went the way of Huyssteen, a Hard Spun (USA) gelding from the Lucky Houdalakis stable that scored by half a length at his second start.

A $45,000 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase for James Goodman from the Maluka Thoroughbreds draft, Huyssteen is the second winner for Redoute’s Choice mare Renaka, who comes from a United States black type family.

Huyssteens as a yearling in Maluka Thoroughbreds’ 2016 MMs Adelaide Sale draft

Maluka’s Luke Anderson prepped and sold Huyssteen for Victorian breeder Leanne Smith.

“He improved throughout his prep, and got better both mentally and physically as it went on. He had great athleticism, a rangy, scopy type of colt.” Anderson said.

Breeder Leanne Smith has been following Huyssteen with keen interest.

“He was foaled by Kylie at Fulman Park. We have been keeping an eye out for him, and are very proud of his win. He was always going to need a bit of time, but now he has matured he can hopefully step up quite quickly,” Smith said.

“Huyssteen’s dam, Renaka, has a two year old Written Tycoon filly, in training with Hayes, Hayes and Dabernig, who looks really promising. Managed by Spicer Thoroughbreds, excitingly, all reports indicate that there may be an early race for her during the spring.”

The Victorian breeding industry recorded some sensational results at the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards held in Brisbane on Sunday evening.

The Gilgai Farm bred Jameka (Myboycharlie) was awarded Champion Stayer of the Year for the 2016/2017 racing season. Meanwhile Flying Artie (Artie Schiller), bred by long-time Victorian breeder John Shannon, took out the Champion 3YO Colt or Gelding category.

In addition to those wins, two Victorian sires had progeny awarded Champion status. Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign, a daughter of Manhattan Rain, was awarded Champion 2YO while All American’s daughter Yankee Rose was named Champion 3YO filly.

Jameka’s Champion award came in a year she collected the coveted Caulfield Cup as well as the Group 1 BMW at Rosehill. Gilgai bred horses, Black Caviar and All Too Hard, had previously been awarded Racehorse of the Year titles.

Flying Artie, who has been retired to stud duties, was the winner of the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. His dam Flying Ruby was covered in 2012 out of Emirates Park’s former Victorian base at Diggers Rest managed by industry stalwart Mike Becker.

3YO Champion Flying Artie wins the Coolmore Stakes at Flemington (Racing Photos)

Yankee Rose’s award was cause for celebration for Seymour’s Chatswood Park who took management of All American this breeding season. While the mare was recently retired, the sire has plenty of other talented types around Australia as well as Hong Kong.

For Blue Gum Farm, now home to Manhattan Rain, She Will Reign’s win could be the start of a huge week. She is favourite going into the $10 million Everest this Saturday. A win would rocket her sire to the top of Australia’s Sires premiership.

A son of Blue Gum Farm stallion War achieved an outstanding pin-hooking result topping the prices at the 2017 Inglis Ready2Race Sale held at Oaklands Junction last week.

His conditioner Brian Jenkins was thrilled when Hong Kong’s David Lui, of Sweetbriar Equine, bought the impressive War x Crevasse colt for $420,000. It is believed this is the second highest priced achieved for a lot at this sale in recent years.

“The colt truly deserves it. He’d been very popular with potential buyers these past few days, his breeze was excellent and his temperament, well, it’s faultless,” Jenkins said.

“He’s a lovely clean colt across the board, and his popularity was there for all to see at the end of the day.”

Bred by Blue Gum Farm, the colt sold for $155,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the top-priced yearling sold by War.

Blue Gum’s Phillip Campbell was delighted to see War hit the headlines and earn the attention with such an impressive representation of what he can produce as a sire.

“He was an amazingly good-looking colt. I was absolutely wrapped for Brian. He took a punt on the colt, fought off tough competition at the yearling sales, and has been rewarded, so good on him,” Campbell said.

“The mare Crevasse produces good looking foals, that both sell well and go on to race successfully.

“I was saddened and disappointed to hear about the recent death of Crevasse’s talented colt, Hecta (Canford Cliffs), as I know the high opinion Bill and Symon Wilde had of him. He was measuring up to be a very promising colt.”

“War is a very handsome looking stallion, so it was always our hope that if his stock looked like him, they would sell well in the sale ring and when his pedigree comes through in his progeny’s racing ability, we will have a hell of a lot of fun with them.’ Campbell said.

“The colt breezed up very well and sold accordingly, and we are aware of others that are pleasing their trainers. I would love to see this $420,000 colt race here before he heads to Hong Kong, and see what he can do on Australian tracks.”

Lui said the horse would remain in Australia for now before any decision was made whether he would race in Hong Kong.

“We’ll give him some time and assess him and then we’ll decide what to do. We’re not in a rush to push the horse,’’ Lui said.

“War is a new sire, but the yearling price of this colt was $155,000, so I expected to pay a good price. He’s a beautifully-bred colt, very well built, he looks good and walks well and he has a beautiful head. Everything made him a standout of the sale.’ Lui said.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, based at Corinella on Westernport Bay, also had a successful sale with a large draft full of quality two-year-olds selling well to both local and international interests.

Across their draft, thirteen racing prospects sold for an average of $76,846 including four lots in the Top 10 of the sale. This included the Your Song x White Diamonds colt selling for $160,000 and a Zoustar x Jessica Rowe colt for $150,000. Lauriston also sold the top filly of the sale with the All Too Hard x Kalamata selling to trainer Mick Kent for $140,000..

Alongside the sale-topping War colt, the Victorian sired youngsters brought some good prices. A stallion Written Tycoon x Awesome Image colt sold for $140,000 while Gippsland Bloodstock sold a colt by first crop sire Kuroshio for $100,000.

Erinvale Thoroughbreds may not breed or sell the massive numbers they once did through the ring, but experienced breeder John Kenneally still knows how to produce a winner.

On the weekend, the Erinvale graduates were out in force not just in Victoria but across the continents.

Leading the field was Erinvale’s Inglis Premier Sale graduate Keen Array (Bel Esprit) who claimed victory in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington.

This was backed up by a stakes winner in South Africa, a victory in Singapore, another at Riccarton in New Zealand, a little sneaky at Gunbower in Northern Victoria.

“It’s certainly been a good week, it’s great to see them all out there and performing so well, whatever the track, or the country,” Kenneally said.

Keen Array was prepared by Erinvale for the 2014 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, before heading straight to David Hayes to train, where he caught the eye of Mark Pilkington, who gathered some friends together to successfully race him on.

Our Mate Art (Artie Schiller) took out the Group 3 Matchem Stakes at Durbanville in South Africa.

South African stakes winner Our Mate Art as a foal at Erinvale

He was bred by Peter Anastasiou’s Grandlodge Thoroughbreds, Ken Biddick, Stephen Anastasiou and David Plush and offered through Erinvale at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Kenneally remembers him as a lovely yearling that received a lot of interest for the buying bench.

“He made $135,000, which I’m told was the highest priced Artie Schiller back then. We still have the dam residing on the farm, bred by Peter Anastasiou and we have just foaled a very nice full brother about nine days ago.”

The Erinvale bred Phidias (Commands) won in Singapore on Friday night. He was one Keneally sold as a weanling.

“He was a really nice foal and was cleverly bought for $65,000 by David O’Callaghan.”

But Kenneally believes the horse to keep the closest eye on is the lightly raced Age of Fire (Fastnet Rock) for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards. He won the Inglewood Stud Guineas Trial at Riccarton in his second career start on Saturday.

“He could be the best of the lot of them, super impressive at only his second start in a Guineas trial, he’s a Group 1 horse. He was a beautiful yearling, and we sold him for $400,000 to NZ Bloodstock agent, David Ellis,” Kenneally said.

“David has only ever bought two from me, and the other one was the sensational Princess Coup who was NZ Champion 3YO and twice Champion Middle Distance Horse, so if he is half as good he will be brilliant.”

Erinvale is based these days west of Geelong at the old Carawatha property, home for 25 years to multiple Group 1 winning trainer ‘Meggs’ Elkington who trained Birchwood, Bow Mistress, Venus and Mars and Vitalic among others.

“We are based on about 200 acres and have been here now for four years. It’s a lovely horse property, rich in racing history,” Kenneally said.

Erinvale has about sixty mares residing on the farm and, unsurprisingly, they are in peak breeding season with more than 30 foals on the ground and about fifteen still to foal.

“It’s flat out this time of year, breeding mares and walk-ins. I do it all myself, so I have been up since three today taking a mare over to Darley for a 6am cover, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

“We are having a really great season, no issues with any of the foals, and although it’s flat out this time of year, I am glad not to be doing the massive numbers I have done in the past.”

“It’s not like the Erinvale of old, where we were looking after 250 mares at Nagambie, and although they were good times, this is much more comfortable, foaling about 50 each season.”

“Our mares come from everywhere, from Queensland and a few mares from Western Australia. Good client Peter Anastasiou has a dozen, and they are all supporting Victorian stallions of the quality of Written Tycoon, Zoustar, Brazen Beau, Street Boss and Cable Bay.”

“While we will still have a draft at Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in March, our focus is now on selling our weanlings. We have found that market to be very strong and it has been rewarding the last two or three years.”

Note: Apart from the weekend’s winners other Erinvale graduates to enjoy high profile success in recent weeks include Darwin Cup winner Royal Request (Bel Esprit) and Group 1 placed Mr Sneaky (High Chapparal). The latter will line up as a favoured runner in this Saturday’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.

Epona Park’s Jeff and Janine Allis celebrated success on Saturday when Snitzepeg (Snitzel) saluted in the 1400 metres Listed Antler Stakes at Flemington for trainer Darren Weir.

“It’s always exciting when one you have bred runs so well,” said Jeff Allis after the headquarters win.

“The best thing is that he is VOBIS (nominated), so it’s like getting a royalty cheque in the mail whenever he has a win, which is a great incentive for breeders,” Allis said.

Snitzepeg broke free over the last 100 metres to lead the field by a length, with Jockey Dean Yendall full of praise for the talented galloper.

“Darren has been building him up to something like this, as he has always shown good promise.” Yendall said

Snitzepeg is now expected to be targeted at the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day.

Jeff and Janine are founders of the iconic Australian franchise Boost Juice and the multi-brand platform Retail Zoo.

While they have had an interest in racing and breeding for some years, Jeff and Janine have stepped up their mare numbers and commitment in recent time with the development of Epona Park at Winchelsea.

Snitzepeg was the result of a clever purchase by astute bloodstock agent, Sheamus Mills, who purchased the dam, Pegasus Queen in foal to Snitzel from the Inglis Winter Thoroughbred Sale for only $45,000.

As a yearling, Snitzepeg returned a handsome profit when sold through Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $260,000 to trainer Darren Weir and John Foote Bloodstock on behalf of Hong Kong based Peter Law (see note at end of article).

Epona Park’s main focus is breaking and pre-training their growing stable of horses, which include racehorses, their valued broodmare band and foals, weanlings and yearlings.

The farm consists of 100 acres of picturesque hilly, tree-lined paddocks.

“It’s a great environment for young horses, and we have about fifteen of our own in pre-training on the property at the moment. They are a combination of what we have bred and bought, and hopefully some of the fillies will then go on to upgrade our broodmare band in the future.”

“I wanted to set up the property well from the start, so we have invested in quality infrastructure making sure everything is done properly. We are completely self-sufficient, with our own sand training track, full-size arena, treadmill and walker,” Allis said.

Among the favourites at Epona Park is Jessy Belle, a mare Jeff and Janine raced and who won last year’s Group 2 Matriarch Stakes.

“Her (expected Capitalist) foal will be a valuable sales item, and although we would love to keep and race it ourselves, farms are expensive to run. Being a business person, until you get your Helsinge or Black Caviar, it’s important to make a profit.”

Looking to the future, Jeff and Janine will aim to build up their broodmare band to around twenty high-quality mares.

“I absolutely love what I’m doing now, I live and breathe racing, and although I’m only at the start of the journey, I’m learning more every day and very happy to enjoy the ride,” Jeff said.

Note: It has been quite the entry by Hong Kong owner Peter Law into the Weir stables. 2016 marked the first Australian yearling purchases for Law with the Weir team.

Many of these three-year-olds have turned out to be high class, including the Rosemont bred Shamport (winner of the lucrative VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield) and the Victorian-bred, recent Moonee Valley winner Choisborder.